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From: Jan McKeogh

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

In the subject Reform Package, the following is included:

In the third quarter of 2018 the CFFC included questions 9(2)(f)(iv).
The results were:
· 63.2 percent of respondents believe that a person who receives a pension from an overseas government should not be entitled to receive the full rate of NZS,
· 19.9 percent think that a person who is receiving a pension from an overseas government should be able to receive the full rate of NZS.”

Request the questions used in this survey and it’s scope (as in the population used) be provided.

Yours faithfully,

Jan McKeogh

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Tēnā koe Jan McKeogh

Thank you for your email received 29 June 2019, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. You may expect a decision regarding your request to be sent to you as soon as possible.
 
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Ministry of Social Development

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From: Michelle Sullivan

Dear Jan,

 

This email is to acknowledge that your OIA request of Saturday 29 June has
officially been transferred from the Ministry of Social Development to the
Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) as of today, 15 July 2019.

 

Please see your original request below, and our response to this request
at the bottom of this email.

 

Kind regards,

Michelle Sullivan

 

REQUEST FOLLOWS:

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

 

In the subject Reform Package, the following is included:

 

In the third quarter of 2018 the CFFC included questions 9(2)(f)(iv).

The results were:

· 63.2 percent of respondents believe that a person who receives a pension
from an overseas government should not be entitled to receive the full
rate of NZS, · 19.9 percent think that a person who is receiving a pension
from an overseas government should be able to receive the full rate of
NZS.”

 

Request the questions used in this survey and it’s scope (as in the
population used) be provided.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jan McKeogh

 

 

CFFC RESPONSE:

 

Survey question

Should a person who is receiving a pension (superannuation) from an
overseas government also be able to receive the full rate of NZ Super?
Values: 1-3
1 Yes
2 No
3 Not sure/no opinion

 

 

Population sample

Population was 3,523 people from the Dynata online panel, aged 18+, with
quotas applied to age, sex, region and ethnicity to reflect NZ’s
population proportions according to the latest Census data (2013).

 

 

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

 

Dear Ms Jan McKeogh

On 29 June 2019 you emailed the Ministry requesting, under the Official
Information Act 1982, the following information:

In the subject Reform Package, the following is included:

 

In the third quarter of 2018 the CFFC included questions 9(2)(f)(iv). The
results were:

 

o 63.2 percent of respondents believe that a person who receives a
pension from an overseas government should not be entitled to receive
the full rate of NZS,
o 19.9 percent think that a person who is receiving a pension from an
overseas government should be able to receive the full rate of NZS.”

 

Request the questions used in this survey and its scope (as in the
population used) be provided.

 

We have transferred your request to the Commission for Financial
Capability (CFFC). The information to which your request relates is not
held by us but is believed to be held by CFFC. In these circumstances, we
are required by section 14 of the OIA to transfer your request.

You will hear further from CFFC concerning your request.

 

 

Nâ mâtou noa, nâ

 

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whânau.

 

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Robert Newcombe left an annotation ()

The questions were obviously loaded in favour of the MSD, they were drawing on people's wrong perceptions that those of us with overseas contributory social insurance pensions were double dipping, being greedy to expect 2 govt pensions and no doubt some with racist views towards immigrants.
The question should have asked if those who have paid for an overseas govt social insurance pension, no different from private insurance pensions should be able to keep them.

Who ever tabled these questions is arguably either uneducated to the facts regarding Tier 1 or Tier 2 govt pensions or biasing them in favour of the MSD.
MSD reviews of 2004/5 concluded that the treatment of overseas contributory pensions were unfair, out of date, discriminatory and inequitable.
The Human Rights Commission via its reviews by the Retirement Policy and Research Centre which also came to the same conclusions has called for change.
Chinese state pensions born out of the same social insurance contributions by both employers and employees are excempt the lawr that deprives us of the right to be similarly treated.
Therefore the MSD is quilyt of not just racism in favour of Chinese over Kiwis and other migrants who have the same kind of contributory pensions but of using legislation itself has proven unjust and discriminatory.
There is a push for justice and it will come, this is a state crime against nearly 100,000 elderly impoverished by corrupt politicians and even now Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters who both promised change continue the injustice despite both party manifestos pushing for such change.

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